Archive for Artists Reception

D’Alessio Gallery Hosts “Eden: a 50-year Retrospective”


D’Alessio Gallery in Bar Harbor will host an art opening on August 2 celebrating 50 years of art by local artist Russell D’Alessio. The opening will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at D’Alessio Gallery, 12 Mt. Desert St., Bar Harbor and will include a reunion of the “The Anderson Brothers,” a local Bar Harbor band in the 70’s, champagne and hors d’oeuvres.

The event kicks off the exhibition Eden: A Retrospective, documenting five decades of artistic evolution for the colorful painter, beginning with his art school days. D’Alessio’s journey as a Maine artist began when he was inspired by his first visit to Bar Harbor while still a student in 1969. Enchanted by the beauty of the area, he and wife Linda D’Alessio relocated to Mount Desert Island in 1974.

In ‘88 the couple settled into their new home and studio in Dedham Maine.  The view from their perch on Button hill was over the setting moon. This inspired the new studio’s name, Over the Moon Studios.


Over the Moon Studios opened its first store in Bar Harbor in 1989, 30 years ago.  The following year the gallery was renamed Pretty Marsh Gallery featuring and featured Over the Moon Studio products and Russ’s fine art including paintings, carvings, and graphics.

Linda says,it has been an amazing journey for the both of us.” Ten years ago, the artistic journey continued with a move to Mt. Desert Street and a name change to D’Alessio Gallery. Today, D’Alessio is known for his paintings, frequently of women, featuring playfully bold fields of color and spontaneous brushstrokes. His worksoften whimsical, sometimes more serious and politicalhave enchanted decades of gallery visitors and collectors. Reflecting on the connections he creates through his art, D’Alessio says, “I am creating a world, an expression of myself, that extends to other people. Collectors first see the color, which brings a smile to their faces; then they realize there is content to it and they connect. It becomes part of them.”

The opening and exhibition celebration of 50 years of continuous evolution that includes not only paintings but also mixed media, collage, sculpture, and prints. “Like any true artist,” Linda D’Alessio says, Russell D’Alessiois “always creating, always moving forward. It will be exciting to see what the next 50 years will bring!

Show runs through August 5th in the gallery – online through August 31st –

About D’Alessio Gallery: D’Alessio Gallery, owned by local artist Russell D’Alessio connects visitors and collectors to the colorful expressionist paintings of this Bar Harbor artist. The gallery features revolving shows of his works and those of guest artists and is open daily from mid-May to mid-October and online at

Cynthia Winings Gallery presents “Equilbrium” Opening Sunday, July 28

Meghan Brady, AM, Woodcut on Kozo, 10 x 8.5 inches

The Cynthia Winings Gallery is pleased to present the third group exhibition of the season, Equilibrium. Everyone is warmly invited to the Opening Reception, Sunday, July 28, 4 – 7 PM







With New Work for Season VII from:
Louise Bourne, Tom Curry, Anna Dibble, David Hornung, Juliet Karelsen, Buzz Masters, Bill Mayher, Libby Mitchell, Carol Pelletier, Jerry Rose, Lynn Wessel, and Cynthia Winings. And in the New Sculpture Garden: Ray Carbone, Rebekah Raye, Melita Westerlund, and John Wilkinson.


Marjorie Moore, What Goes In Comes Back #3, Oil on panel, 20 x 16 inches

On view, July 22 – August 17

The Harlow Presents ‘Formations’

“Fireflies” by Brooke Hoerner of Bowdoinham


The Harlow presents Formations, a group exhibition of ceramic artwork on view August 2-September 7 at 100 Water street in Hallowell. The public is invited to attend and meet the artists at an opening reception on Friday, August 2, from 5-7pm. 


“A Little Help” by Cheryl Lichwell of Biddeford


Formations showcases handmade ceramics from 29 local artists working in a range of styles and techniques including utilitarian, decorative, traditional, contemporary, and more. The exhibition culminated from an open call for ceramic work and was juried by local clay artist Tyler Gulden and Harlow staff.


“Untitled” by Cathie Cantara of Kennebunkport


A list of participating artists by town is as follows:

Augusta: MJ Palluotto, Cassie Sano, Rachael Wilson

Bath: Heather O’Neil

Belfast: Jean Hardy, Russell Kahn

Belgrade: Lizzie Malvicini

Biddeford: Cheryl Lichwell

Bowdoinham: Brooke Hoerner

Brunswick: Melissa Bardsley

Brunswick: Lisa Evans

Cumberland: Meryl Ruth

Farmingdale: Barbara Loken

Hallowell: Ru Allen, Malley Weber

Kennebunkport: Cathie Cantara

Kents Hill: Dylan Gifford

Kingfield: Penelope Hall

Madison, Wisconsin: Juliette Walker

Newcastle: Liz Proffetty

Orr’s Island: Catherine Gibson

Portland: Vicki Fox, Patricia Harrington

South Portland: Kimberly Bentley

Topsham: Lonie Laffely Ellis

Waterville: Justin Knaus-Tucker

Windsor: Robbi Fritz Portela

Woolwich: William Flood, Dan Gehan

Formations is on view in the downstairs gallery in tandem with Women. Respond! – a group show which is on display in the upstairs gallery August 2-September 7, 2019.


Dishes by Lizzie Malvicini of Belgrade


The Harlow is a membership based 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to connecting and celebrating art, artists and community in downtown historic Hallowell since 1963. Exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Hours are Wednesday-Saturday noon-6pm. For more information please visit or call 207-622-3813.

Archipelago and Island Institute host Conversation with Artist Henry Isaacs

Henry Isaacs painting on Islesford


Join Archipelago and the Island Institute at Union Hall in Rockport on Thursday, July 25th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., for a special evening highlighting the art and stories of painter Henry Isaacs.


Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs book cover


In an intimate conversation with art historian and critic Daniel Kany, Henry Isaacs will discuss his process, techniques, inspiration, and greatest influences, as well as Kany’s new book, Travel Notes: Paintings by Henry Isaacs. An extensive traveler, Isaacs will also share stories about the sometimes-quirky genesis of his paintings and share small versions of them, his “travel notes,” while he speaks.


Some of Henry Isaacs’s “Travel Notes”


A book signing will be held immediately following the talk. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the event.

This event is free and open to the public; however, space is limited, so registration is required to ensure a seat. To learn more or register today, visit, or contact the Island Institute at (207) 594-9209, ext. 113 with any questions.

Cove St. Arts Presents ‘Strange Histories’ by Ian Trask

‘Reforestation’ Ian Trask


Join us at the Opening Reception on July 18th from 5-7 for Ian Trask’s Strange Histories. The reception will be a great opportunity to talk to Trask about his process and narratives.  Strange Histories will be showing through September 13th.



Using vintage slides, Ian Trask creates his own stories. By combining found 35 mm slide photography, analog collage, and assemblage sculpture, Trask creates imaginative double-exposures that transcend the boundaries of time and experience resulting in “strange histories” – Michelangelo’s David presiding over a smorgasbord of Twinkies and other junk food; the Mona Lisa meeting the iconic Campbell’s soup can.

Trask has found “that without prompting, people would share how the collages sparked their imagination. And oftentimes the narratives and perspectives conjured in their heads differed significantly from my own experience of the work – in the best possible way.” Like any great story or history, the narrative is shaped by and understood through personal experience.



Come experience the show and conjure your own strange histories from Trask’s stunning images. Cove St. Arts is located at 71 Cove Street in Portland.


Breath Of The Ocean, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.


SHOW DATES: JULY 12th – 26th
Exhibition Event: JULY 25th  4pm – 7pm

Olena Babak is an award-winning, classically trained artist whose landscapes and figurative works can be found in numerous galleries and collections across the U.S. and abroad. She was recently featured and interviewed by Plein Air Magazine (June-July 2019) about her process, her training, and the iconic influences on her. She soberly describes her journey and her goals as an artist, namely “to be in love—with the moment, with the scene, with the paint.”


Morning in Bernard, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.


Olena was the recipient of the Hudson River Fellowship (NY) and her works appear in numerous publications including two versions of the “Strokes of Genius” series, the “Poets and Artists: 100 Great Drawings,” and the “Classicist.” She formerly taught graduate students at the Academy of Classical Design. Some of her selected awards from 2016 include: Best Representation of Rockies National Park; Artist’s Choice, Plein Air Richmond; First Place, Quick Draw & People’s Choice Award, Finger Lakes Plein Air; Honorable Mention, Art Renewal Center Salon; First Place, Maine Art Show; and many others.

 Camden Falls Gallery congratulates Olena on having 3 paintings accepted into THE 14TH INTERNATIONAL ARC SALON COMPETITION. They received 4,300 entries from 73 countries, and only about 35% of the entrees have made it into the finals. All 3 paintings submitted by Olena are finalist works!

 Trained as a talented figurative portraitist, Olena developed a passion for recording Maine’s landscapes. Maine’s natural beauty feeds her soul, as she continues to transform “ordinary” land and seascapes into breathtaking beauty, filled with light, color, and passion.


After The Storm, Olena Babak, Oil on Linen.


 In the vein of the traditional Hudson River School style, her work evokes the light of a by-passed-era, recalling the passion of the Romantic Period. Everyday scenes take on a life of their own through her lively brushwork as seen in, “Morning in Bernard”. The landscape, “Breath of the Ocean” evokes a bright, new dawn on the horizon, as Olena pursues her desire to capture and chase after this metaphorical vision of the hope for a new day. For Olena, “Sunrise is something very spiritual to me, as are sunsets. There are constant changes, slight differences in colors and light, and that resonates in life for me.”

 ”OLENA BABAK, THE PREPONDERANCE OF LIGHT” will show from July 12th to the 26th at CAMDEN FALLS GALLERY.  The gallery is located at 5 Public Landing in Camden, ME.

 Camden Falls Gallery is open daily from 10am to 7pm in the season. 

For more information, please contact us at 207-470-7027 or  Camden Falls Gallery website is

New Works and Opening Reception at R. Scott Baltz


R. Scott Baltz will be hosting his Summer Reception on Sunday July 21, 2019 from noon to 5 pm. On display will be 30 oil paintings of the local landscape. Baltz has maintained a studio in Mount Desert since 2002, though this year marks the third anniversary of his new studio space just south of Somesville at 46 Parker Farm Road, Mount Desert. His paintings of the local landscape are colorful and expressive. Recent work takes a look back at ideas formulated some 20 years ago, though with new techniques in applying layers of paint. For additional information, please visit the website for a preview of work or call/text Scott at 207.266.3393. The studio is also open Wednesday through Friday from noon to 5 pm, or by appointment. He is also represented by the Gallery at Somes Sound.

Artemis Gallery Presents Third Group Exhibition


Artemis Gallery’s third group exhibition’s opening reception is on July 25 from 5-7pm in Northeast Harbor. Featured artists include David Graeme Baker, Nancy McCormick, Don Ripper, and David Sears. Come meet the artists and enjoy art, music, and refreshments. The exhibition runs through August 7. For more information call the gallery at 207-276-3001 or email

Cornerstone Gallery Grand Opening

 Cornerstone Gallery is a new gallery opening in Southwest Harbor at 322 Main Street with a grand opening date set for July 18th from 4 pm-7pm.
Cornerstone Gallery features a variety of fine art by Maine artists, many of which reside on MDI, including Judy Taylor, Erika Rosso and Beth Lambert.  Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be available at the opening  and there will be live music by Blake Rosso and Jim Coffman.
Cornerstone Gallery is located in the former Salty Dog Gallery and is the creative endeavor of Christine and David Wade.  They purchased the building in the spring of 2018.  Using their extensive background in construction and design, they fully remodeled the gallery to give it a clean contemporary look with a generous amount of natural light and an open floor plan.  Christine and David Wade wanted to honor the history of the space, keeping it as an art gallery and also setting a granite corner stone with the date the building was originally created, 1925. For more information please contact the gallery at or 207-244-5918.

Schooner Gallery opening July 13


I’m so honored to be showing alongside pioneering designer and “Prince of Plastics” Neal Small in the Midsummer Show at Schooner Gallery in Milbridge, Maine. 


Neal Small, “Slopes Mirror” / Top right, Zeraph Dylan Moore, Koi Pond Trio

I will be showing a selection of small and medium-sized works, including eight pieces that are only 4″ x 4″ x 1.5″. Almost all of the works I am sending are part of my new body of work that uses canvas strips and frames organic textured paper with strict vertical or horizontal lines. I am very excited about this new work, it really represents a new level for me and I’m so excited to share it with you!

Small is renowned for his pioneering use of materials such as Plexiglas and Lucite to create furniture, lighting, home accessories and even sculpture. His works have been shown at or are part of the permanent collections of MoMA, Guggenheim Museum, The Smithsonian Institution, and more.

The show runs from July 13 – August 13 and has an opening July 13 from 4-6 PM.

I won’t be in attendance at the opening due to my health but I do encourage you to go if you are in the area!

I am also looking forward to showing with the other artists in this group show, Caryl Lynn Dufour and Paul T. Shepherd.